Outstanding in the Field: This luxe family-style dinner is served up by celebrity and renowned chefs at one long table. You start the four-course meal as strangers, but by the end – and several glasses of wine later – your table-mates feel like old friends. Located in the Rose Garden VIP.
All Dat Dim Sum: Known for its spicy wontons and bulldog dumpling. Located at Indio Central Market.
Broad Street Oyster Co.: This is a pop-up restaurant serving up lobster rolls and much more. Located in the 12 Peaks VIP.
Cena Vegan: Mexican food made with plant-based ingredients. Located in Indio Central Market.
Ggiata: An Italian-style deli serving up chicken sandwiches with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto on charred and crusty baguettes. Located in the 12 Peaks VIP.
Hattie B’s: Known for serving up “hot chicken” at varying levels of heat – from mild to Shut the Cluck Up. Located in the Terrace.
Kogi: This is the spot where fans go to get Korean short-rib tacos. This year, they are serving up Chef Roy Choi’s latest creation – loaded Korean BBQ fries. Located at Indio Central Market.
Love Hour: Smashed and sloppy burgers that are big on taste with seasoned fries. Located in the Rose Garden VIP.
Prince St. Pizza: Serving up New York and Sicilian style pizza in square slices. They are known for their pepperoni covered “Spicy Spring” pizza. Located at the Craft Beer Barn.
Ramen Hood: Vegan Ramen served hot or cold and Togarashi tater tots with chili oil and vegan Sriracha mayo. Located at Indio Central Market
Salt & Straw: Known for an ever-changing menu of flavors. It is sure to be delicious, refreshing and served inside an air-conditioned ice cream shop. Located at the Terrace.
Sushi By Scratch: This isn’t Coachella’s first Speakeasy – but it is the first one that serves Sushi in 17 courses. That’s right – 17. Chef Philip Frankland Lee delivers an Omakase and Sake pairing for intimate groups from behind a “hidden in plain sight” door.
CHEEKY’S , PALM SPRINGS | BACON FLIGHT
Yes, you read that correctly: bacon flight. Cheeky’s has been well-known for years for its bacon sampler which features a variety of flavors of crispy smoky bacon. The standouts include rosemary bacon, Coca-Cola bacon, brown sugar, apple cinnamon, jalapeño, and Korean BBQ. The curated flavors change constantly, and you can choose the ones that appeal to you most. Pro tip: There’s almost always a lengthy wait to get in to Cheeky’s, so go early.
EL PATIO , PALM SPRINGS | TACO FLIGHTS
Authentic Mexican food is the specialty at this family-run restaurant that sprung from Felipe’s in Palm Springs. There’s often an array of tacos available and if you go, don’t miss the Tacos estilo La Paz featuring one fish taco and one shrimp taco dipped in beer batter, deep-fried and topped with homemade coleslaw and onions finished with sriracha aioli served with rice and refried beans. Is your mouth watering yet?
FRESH AGAVE , PALM DESERT | TACO FLIGHT (AKA ‘TACO FIESTA’)
If you want to sample a bunch of tasty Mexican flavors, Fresh Agave’s Taco Fiesta is the way to do it. Make your own tacos and try all of their specialty meats including carne asada, pollo asado, carnitas and chorizo.
Whether you call it a flight, a sampler or a straight-up fiesta, there’s lots of ways to sample the best of Greater Palm Springs’ cuisine. The best part is, once you’ve tasted all that’s on offer, you can order up full sizes of whatever your new favorite is.
PDT Tropicale: This speakeasy is returning to Coachella to serve up cocktails in a fun and whimsical place. See for yourself, if you can find it.
Dead or Alive (DOA) Wine Bar : The eclectic Palm Springs bar and bottle shop is known for its distinctive selection of small-batch wines. It will serve up a a specially menu of wine, beer and cider. Located in the VIP Rose Garden.
Junbi: For some mental clarity and energy, try some green Matcha green tea. Located at the Craft Beer Barn.
Kim Crawford: Located at the Camp Kim Wine Lounge and serving up crisp glasses of Sauvy B (Sauvignan Blanc) and frosty Frosé cocktail.
Menotti’s: A coffee shop serving up standards, cold brew, nitro and espresso. Located at 12 Peaks VIP.
Milk Box Bar: Creamy and delicious boba milk tea returns to Coachella inside Indio Central Market.
Sonny’s Curated by Attaboy: Serving slushy cocktails like the Blue Hawaiian from a “Miami Vice” inspired outdoor bar near the Craft Beer Barn
The Cabin: Top-shelf craft cocktails and spiked snow cones served from a mini-mountain cabin transported to the desert by nightlife hotspot gurus Mark and Jonnie Houston.
Unshackled Wines: Yes, Coachella has an official wine and Unshackled Wines is it. Enjoy their California sourced wines at their lounge located in VIP which promises an “elevated experience.”
LA FE WINE BAR , PALM DESERT | WINE FLIGHTS
Wine flights might just be the original flight, after all, wineries have been serving samples and tasters to their customers as long as they’ve been squashing grapes. La Fe, located on posh El Paseo in Palm Desert, often curates tastings and wine flights at five pours for $35. Expect good variety in the selections. Reservations are sometimes needed so check the bar’s Facebook page for current offerings.
GRAND CENTRAL PALM SPRINGS , PALM SPRINGS | MIMOSA FLIGHTS
A perfect option for brunch, lunch or weddings and bridal showers, Grand Central Palm Springs has curated a bubbly mimosa flight. Enjoy a flight of three mimosas for $25 and choose flavors from orange, blood orange, peach, mango, guava or cranberry.
TAC/QUILA , PALM SPRINGS | MARGARITA FLIGHTS
The Margarita Flight at Tac/Quila in Palm Springs has become a fun draw for visitors and locals alike. The bar, known for its tasty food, features mini sizes of their four specialty margaritas: kiwi mint, pineapple, watermelon and blackberry. The kiwi mint is a crowd favorite, made with blanco tequila, fresh kiwi juice, fresh lime juice, and yes, it’s available as a full pour once you’ve tasted your way through the flight.
COACHELLA VALLEY BREWING , THOUSAND PALMS | BEER FLIGHTS
This hidden gem is brewing up craft beer and microbrews and they keep the fresh beer flight options rotating to give you a chance to try them all. You can combine your tasting with a tour to learn about how these local brews are made.
BABE’S BAR-B-QUE & BREWERY , RANCHO MIRAGE | BEER FLIGHTS
Babe’s is a mid-valley institution that’s been around forever, and for good reason. They serve a wide selection of beers on tap and you can round out your drinks with tasty, tangy barbecue. Be sure to try all the Babe’s in-house-brewed selections as part of a flight; four pours for $10, you can sample your way through most of the lineup easily.